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–The city moves ahead to demolish and rebuild 70 Mulberry St., a nonprofit hub in Chinatown, which was badly damaged in a January fire. Local activists are furious with the de Blasio administration for once again shoving aside community wishes regarding preservation. [NBC News]

–NYPD investigators have recommended misconduct charges against three police officers in connection with a May 2 incident on Avenue D. The episode ignited a debate about racial bias in the enforcement of social distancing orders. [New York Times]

–The city steps up social distancing enforcement in nightlife-heavy neighborhoods, including the Lower East Side, as frustration grows about the lack of a concrete restaurant reopening plan. [Eater]

–A former employee, James Sanders, files a harassment suit against the Public Hotel. [Daily News]

–New financial documents show how the Lower East Side’s Hotel Indigo is weathering the COVID-19 storm. [The Real Deal]

–Small landlords worry about the impacts of COVID-19, with property taxes coming due in July and many residential and commercial tenants unable to pay their rent. Joanna Wong, whose family has owned a building in Chinatown for 40 years, says “Right now I’m trying not to drown.” [Curbed]

–Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books writes about the peril ahead for small businesses: “During the pandemic, as before, the killer of New York storefront business will be rent. Even now, facing a post-Covid twilight, too many landlords would rather have vacant stores than retain paying tenants by helping them through these months of closure. We need intervention to encourage landlords to keep their storefront tenants.”  [New York Times]

–The public comment period has been extended for the Brownfield Cleanup Program for the “Go Broome” site. That’s where developers are planning two new residential towers on the former site of Beth Hamefrash Hagadol synagogue. [Patch]

–Community Board 3’s June virtual meetings will cover a number of topics, including the violent social distancing arrest on Avenue D and the possible preservation of the ground floor of 70 Mulberry. [CB3]

–Essential workers express their feelings through a haiku, thanks to virtual sessions hosted by the Worker Writers School. [The City]


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